Ever since the floods came and washed the world away, survivors have been desperate to win a place on X-Isle, the island where life is rumored to be easier than on what's left of the mainland. Only young boys stand a chance of getting in, the smaller and lighter the better. Baz and Ray are two of the lucky few to be chosen, but they soon discover that X-Isle is a far cry f...more
Baz and Ray are the newest chosen workers. They arrive a ...more
Starvation is a real threat. With so much of the world subme ...more
Loved the world covered in water and the kids who were trying their best to survive in it. Very much like Holes. The Eck brothers and Preacher John were terrifying, but a bit too detached for most of the book. I would have given this book 4 stars, but at close to 500 pages, I thought it was too long. About halfway through the book I ...more
A flood overtook the world, killing both Baz's mother and sister, and billions of others in the world. It left towns, cities, and humans submerged underwater cutting the remaining few left alive with basic of basics. Now with just his father, Baz struggles to get by each day where everything has become scarce and pasta has become the newest form of currency. But the stench of the surrounding death and the harsh environment of thievery ...more
I don't know what to make of this book.
I mean, on the one hand the concept is interesting, and the way people react to the floods which were, for all intents and purposes, the apocalypse seems as realistic as such things get. Unlike many authors, Augarde actually touched on religion's place in this sort of dystopia, which was refreshing, and his take on it was pretty plausible.
On the other hand, most of the characters annoyed me (but then, that could just be because immaturity in genera ...more
Quick & Dirty: When it comes to survival, ethics become questionable, and everything comes at a price. Compassion and camaraderie are the only things that give these boys a chance to endure. X-Isle will make you cringe, warm your heart at times while making it race at others, and ultimately leave you to think about what, or really who, is worth surviving for.
Opening Sentence: The steady chug of the diesel engine drew closer, and eventually the salvage boa ...more
* How much brutality would you accept to protect others?
* Is it acceptable to hurt others, if just on orders?
* How much hurt would you inflict would do to survive?
* Is murder ever right?
By asking these questions and in proving himself ...more
By: Steve Augarde
Your honor I would like to present to you today the book X isle, by Steve Augarde. This is a story written about the Earth. The Earth has had a large change and has become flooded. The people immediately become forced to find a way for survival. They are running out of food and there is no place for shelter. Baz is the main character, his dad gambles for food by playing poker. He is able to put food on the table but it is very difficult. Baz is living ...more
When I eventually found this title, I was quite excited about it. It's the end of the world as we know it, due to the planet being inundating with horrific storms that have completely covered most of central America, and therefore most of the planet. There's only one area that is completely safe: X Isle. O ...more
The fact the author has chosen to set his story in the not-to-distant future, where we still eat Cornflakes and ride bikes to school, is a clever and engag ...more
After storms of biblical proportions, the world Baz knew (the world we all know) is drowned, leaving millions dead and drastically shrinking available land and resources. Boys on the mainland want nothing more than to catch passage to X-Isle, where food is guaranteed in return for a hard work. Grocery stores are submerged and luckily ...more
In X Isle we are introduced to the tightnit community of their workers on the island. The author does a great job of gradually getting us to learn the different characters. They each had distinct personalities apart from Natalie and Steffie who I never really clicked with. Baz, the main character, has a strong work ethic and values. He was a great hero and it was nice to see him slowly kind of change like all the o ...more
Overall, this was a great book that was quite believable and digged into the psyche a lot. In a future where the world is flooded and all that's left is small islands of land, boys compete with gifts to gain passage to the island. This island seems all grand and wonderful from afar, but as time goes on the boys see a much darker side of life there.
The story follows Baz, a boy who 'buys' his way ...more
The premise is good. The floods came and basically destroyed the world. Those left are struggling to survive and wish for the chance to go to X-Isle, an island they believe is rich in food and a better place to be than wherever they are.
X-Isle is run by Preacher John and his sons and every so often they travel to the mainland looking for boys to come to the island. The mainlanders compete with goods to get their boys chosen.
When Baz ...more